Gallic cinema’s three most visible actresses, Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Isabelle Huppert, will be present at the Berlin Film Festival (a.k.a. “Berlinale”) next month, their latest films having been selected for the festival as announced by the festival’s organizers just before the weekend.
Catherine Deneuve will be presenting “Elle S’en Va” (“She’s leaving,” in French) by Emmanuelle Bercot, Huppert appears in “La Religieuse” (The Nun) directed by Guillaume Nicloux and Binoche has the starring role in “Camille Claudel 1915” by Brunot Dumont.
Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who’s garnered many awards on the international film festival circuit but whose films are banned in his home country, will be presenting “Parde” (“Curtain,” in Farsi) in competition. Steven Soderbergh will also present a film in competition, “Side Effects,” starring Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum.
Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic who previously directed “No Man’s Land” will be present in Berlin with “An episode in the life on an iron picker.”
The following films have also been announced: “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” directed by Fredrik Bond and starring Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood, “Gold” by Germany’s Thomas Arslan, “Layla Fourie” directed by South African (and German and Spanish) filmmaker Pia Marais and starring Brit actress Rayna Campbell (pictured above), “Promised Land” by Gus Van Sant (read our REVIEW) and “Nobody’s Daughter Haewon” by Hong Sang-soo.
“The Grand Master” the latest film by Wong Kar Wai who will also be jury president, will open the Berlinale—this year marks the 63rd edition of the festival–which runs from February 7 to 17.
French director Claude Lanzmann (“Shoah”) will receive a lifetime achievement award.